he first hop of the trip with Microsoft Flight Simulator X is complete. Getting from Hawaii to Kiritimati, or Christmas Island as it is also known, went pretty good. made it with some fuel to spare. Took me a little while to find the next destination, as most of the islands within range of Christmas Island, were either unpopulated, or had old, abandoned airfields. I have found my next destination however, 1323 miles further south, on the island of Bora Bora. I have heard of both Christmas Island, (there are apparently 2 islands known as Christmas Island, this is the one in my Journey), and Bora Bora before, but never knew how remote they are. Having the internet makes for finding them pretty nice. I can’t imagine how These places were ever found in the first place! these are tiny islands in the south Pacific, that are incredibly remote.
I had considered making a side trip to Easter Island, and it is possible, However the closest island that has an airport is just over 1600 miles from there. I could probably make it if the weather is perfect, but chances are, that I would end up running out of fuel. At this moment, I am not planning on that trip. There is enough difficulty in trying to find a route to the USA.
In any case, here is the screen shot for the next destination:
Here is a little bit about my next destination:
Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning “First Born”; an early transcription found in 18th- and 19th-century accounts, is Bolabolla or Bollabolla. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft).
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The island is served by Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mete in the north, with Air Tahiti providing daily flights to and from Papeete on Tahiti. The major settlement, Vaitape is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. According to a census performed in 2008, the permanent population of Bora Bora is 8,880.
Will post again once I land and figure out my next destination.